ECCC Postpones Warrior Wonderland To Focus On Bowl
Updated: November 22, 2015
The second annual East Central Community College Warrior Wonderland originally scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4, on the Decatur campus will not be held as planned this year so that the college community can devote its full support to the Warrior football team at the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove, Texas.
East Central accepted an invitation yesterday (Nov. 17) to play in the postseason football bowl game, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. East Central will face Southwest Junior College Football Conference Champion Kilgore College out of Kilgore, Texas, in the contest.
Only 14 community college football teams in the nation were invited to bowl games this year.
East Central Community College has only participated in three bowl games since it began playing football in 1928, the most recent a 7-6 win over Middle Georgia College in the 1996 Huddle House Golden Isles Classic in Brunswick, Ga.
East Central President Dr. Billy Stewart said that the decision not to hold Warrior Wonderland this year was difficult, but that the football team, coaches, band members, and cheerleaders deserved the support of the entire campus community and that those fans who supported the team throughout the season deserved the opportunity to attend the game.
He said an event will be planned on campus during the spring of 2016 so that the college can treat the local communities to a day or evening of fun, food, and fellowship at East Central Community College.
“A lot of people work extremely hard in many areas at East Central Community College to achieve student success and this includes athletics,” said Stewart. “Being one of 14 schools in the entire nation invited to a bowl game is a reward for that hard work. The football team deserves to be rewarded, but this is more than just about the student-athletes. Our band, our cheerleaders, and our athletic administration and coaches put in hundreds of hours of work during the football season to support our team and entertain our fans. They deserve the opportunity to attend this game, as do our students, faculty, staff, and fans who supported us at record levels this year both at our home games and also on the road.
“Everything we do at East Central Community College is done the EC Way—Excellence with Class, and unfortunately we logistically can’t do both events at the same time and maintain that expectation of excellence and class.
Stewart said last year’s highly successful inaugural Warrior Wonderland was held right after the Decatur Christmas Parade and included fireworks, music by East Central performing groups and others, photos with Santa, bounce houses and carnival rides, movies, a nativity scene, food and drink, and various specialty booths set up by campus clubs and organizations.
“Our plan is for this to be an annual event to bring the college and our local communities together to celebrate Christmas,” Stewart said. “We have every intention of hosting our second Warrior Wonderland in December 2016 and to do so with the class and excellence that our communities expect and deserve.”
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